U.S. republicans unveil immigration bill, trump demands funds for wall

Doris Richards
January 14, 2018

They've been protected from deportation under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Rather, the president appears to expect legislators to come up with a DACA deal that can both win enough Democratic support to pass the Senate and make all of his far-right friends happy. Dianne Feinstein that Congress should handle a DACA fix first, then move on to immigration reform.

Some Republicans in Tuesday's meeting, an extraordinary televised bargain session, clearly believed that Trump misstated his own position when, in answer to a question from California Sen. Democrats strongly oppose funding any such wall. That issue is now front and center on Capitol Hill as Democrats want it made law without conditions, but the president wants his border wall and other enforcement policies put in place. Under the administrations plan, permits that expired after March 5 could not be renewed. Trump still wants his border wall, though he's toned down what that means.

A senior Republican congressional aide, who did not want to be named, noted that the White House was briefed on the senators' proposal and said, "It's clear it's a non-starter". Including other projects such as roads and technology, the total ask is $33 billion over a decade. The White House denied those comments. That second bill would likely face long odds for passage, considering long-running disagreements over issues like how to handle all 11 million immigrants illegally in the U.S.

Some high-profile Trump supporters, including and, are already turning on the president. If we listen to the Ann Coulters of the world we're going nowhere.

We would advise Trump to walk very carefully here. But take away the word "wall" and the opposition softens.

President Trump, who fancies himself the ultimate deal-maker, got things moving Tuesday, calling together leaders from both parties. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said.

In poll after poll, a large majority of Americans support a legislative solution for the immigrants often referred to as "DREAMers", many of whom have no memory of life outside the United States.


In exchange, the deal would end extended family "chain migration".

It proposes to offer "Dreamers" the possibility of legally residing in the country although it does not provide for granting them citizenship, Efe news agency reported. And the spending bill Congress will have to pass by January 19 is the only one on the horizon before the March DACA deadline.

Just 34 per cent, almost all of them Republicans, say the wall is worth erecting. "So great great news for DACA that we will now be able to do DACA renewals".

Or, he could increase tariffs on imports then try to tell us Mexico is paying for it, but taxpaying USA consumers will eventually be paying for it anyway with higher prices.

WASHINGTON — A federal judges decision to block Trump administration plans to phase out protections for so-called undocumented "dreamers" brought sharp backlash Wednesday from the White House, calling the injunction "outrageous". The Justice Department has vowed to defend the rescission in court. At the same time, some lawmakers are pushing to redefine all immigration to the United States.

But for now, all eyes are on a DACA deal. The program will be operated under the same terms as before the Trump administration rescinded the program on September 5, the agency said.

"The trade-off I see the president being forced to make is, that they're going to want to have something on DACA".

Alsup said the administration did not have to accept new DACA applications.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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